This 22-inch hedge trimmer from Greenworks, with adjustable ergonomic rear handle, is great for backyard maintenance. No gasoline engine means a lightweight design, less supplies to mess with, and easy start/stop operation.
note: Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty but don't be afraid to call in a professional tree service for big projects. Cutting larger shrubs overhead can be dangerous, especially if you're working from a ladder.
We prefer this corded version for the extra power, lower cost, and time saved from charging compared to battery-powered alternatives.